General Resources | Minorities & Indigenous Peoples | Poverty | Race | Refugees
Sexual Orientation | War & Peace | Women | Other UN Human Rights Sites


General Human Rights Resources


University of Minnesota Human Rights Library

Positioned at the top of our list because it's one of the most comprehensive collections of human rights resources on the Web.

ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law - Human Rights

An excellent research guide maintained by Marci Hoffman for the American Society of International Law. Link broken 3/19/2014 - this resource may no longer be available.

Equal Rights Trust

Self-described as "an independent organisation whose purpose is to combat discrimination and promote equality as a fundamental human right and a basic principle of social justice." For research, see the Virtual Library on Equality, which now includes the Public Interest Law Institute's "Database on Anti Discrimination and Equality Law" (formerly DADEL).

Human Rights First

An organization working to end human rights abuses. Homepage includes links to human rights news around the globe.

Human Rights Watch

A good source of news about current human rights issues. The focus of this site is on world peace, but there is also information about other human rights issues. The organization describes itself as follows: "Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide."

Project DIANA

Project DIANA is an online human rights archive maintained by Yale Law School. Includes cases and other documents.

European Court of Human Rights

United Nations Human Rights Web Page

U.S. Department of State Human Rights Page

U.S. Department of State Human Rights Reports

This page provides links to the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.


Minorities & Indigenous Peoples


Center for World Indigenous Studies

Health & Human Rights of Indigenous Persons

Provided by the UN World Health Organization.

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs

Minority Rights Group International

An international human rights organization "working to secure rights for ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and indigenous people around the world." Our library subscribes to several of this organization's publications, which are also available online at this site.

Native American Rights Fund

Includes the Tribal Law Gateway , a portal to the laws of federally recognized tribes.

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues


Poverty


Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity

The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity investigates the ways that laws, policies and practices affect development patterns in U.S. metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on the growing social and economic disparities within these areas. Includes the content from the Institute on Race & Poverty's former Web site.

National Center for Law and Economic Justice

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers


Anti-Racism Sites


AntiRacismNet - link dead on 3/19/2014, may no longer be available

Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity

The Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity investigates the ways that laws, policies and practices affect development patterns in U.S. metropolitan regions, with a particular focus on the growing social and economic disparities within these areas. Includes the content from the Institute on Race & Poverty's former Web site.

Institute on Race and Poverty (U. of Minnesota)

United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Refugees & Asylum


Amnesty International - Refugees and Migrants

Human Rights Watch - Refugees

International Refugee Rights Initiative

Study Guide on Refugees

Provided by Human Rights Education Associates (HREA).

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Sexual Orientation


ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force


War & Peace


Afghan Documentation Project

Joint project of the War Crimes Research Office and Pence Law Library at American University Washington College of Law documenting human rights abuses in Afghanistan since 1971.

Human Rights Watch

A good source of news about current human rights issues. The focus of this site is on world peace, but there is also information about other human rights issues. The organization describes itself as follows: "Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization, supported by contributions from private individuals and foundations worldwide."

Web Genocide Documentation Centre: Internet Resources on Genocide and Mass Killing

United Nations & Decolonization

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations Committee Against Torture

United Nations E-MINE: Electronic Mine Information Network

United Nations Peace & Security Web Site

United Nations Peacekeeping Home

United Nations Security Council Information

United Nations Office of the Special Representative for . . . Children & Armed Conflict


Women's Rights


Equal Rights Advocates

Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project

The Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC) is a powerful database containing judgments, decisions, orders, and other relevant documents issued by international/ized criminal courts and tribunals that have been coded and made readily searchable for issues relating to sexual and gender-based violence. The Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project is a collaborative project between the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and the Women and International Law Program (WILP) at the American University Washington College of Law. More information.

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Women's Human Rights Resources

Maintained by the Bora Laskin Law Library, U. of Toronto.

WomenWatch - The UN Internet Gateway on the Advancement and Empowerment of Women

Human Rights Watch "Women's Rights Landmark Sex Crimes Verdict" page

Contains information and documents about violence against women generally and specifically in Bosnia, Hercegovina and Sierra Leone.


Other United Nations Sites Focusing on Human Rights and Humanitarian Concerns


United Nations Research Guide for Human Rights Documents

A good place to start if you are unfamiliar with research involving UN documents. This is the human rights section of a guide prepared by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjšld Library that "provides an overview of the various types of documents and publications issued by the Organization (e.g, reports, resolutions, meeting records, sales publications, press releases) and gives guidance on how to work with them. Includes links to UN charter-based and treaty-based bodies, human rights conferences and declarations, and a human rights pathfinder.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Human Rights Council

United Nations Human Rights Committee

United Nations Humanitarian Affairs

United Nations ReliefWeb (humanitarian information)

United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

United Nations Enable: Promoting the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child